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The winner of multiple Best National Exhibit awards from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, Woodland Park Zoo features a wide variety of species. You'll have the chance to see rare animals such as red pandas and snow leopards. Almost every environment in the world is represented among the zoo's inhabitants. Be sure to visit the lowland gorillas that made the park famous in the 1970s in the world's first immersion exhibit. A visit to Woodland Park Zoo represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Seattle tour planner to plot your vacation.
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Woodland Park Zoo reviews
We didn't expect much of this zoo, based on the location in a residential neighborhood, but boy did it pack a punch. What a lovely zoo (much larger than it appears).
We didn't expect much of this zoo, based on the location in a residential neighborhood, but boy did it pack a punch. What a lovely zoo (much larger than it appears). more »
Spent four hours here on a rainy day. Great exhibits, but the layout is a bit confusing. We did a lot of back tracking and walking in circles, but that’s a minor complaint. All the exhibits are well..... more
Spent four hours here on a rainy day. Great exhibits, but the layout is a bit confusing. We did a lot of back tracking and walking in circles, but that’s a minor complaint. All the exhibits are well..... more »
We went, it was Seattle, it was pouring. Most of the animals were in their dens, I don't blame them. Wish we could have seen more animals, but we only had a few days!
We went, it was Seattle, it was pouring. Most of the animals were in their dens, I don't blame them. Wish we could have seen more animals, but we only had a few days! more »
This is a very lovely medium sized zoo. They grounds are very well kept, variety of animals is great, very kid oriented, but adults should have a lot of fun too. The food is not anything truly special, but it is not bad. They have picnic areas for you to use and saw many families using them which is great to see. Lots of viewing areas, and you get really close compared to 98% of other zoos. That is truly what sets this park apart from others. You might not see every animal, but those you do, wow you see great and kids just light up instantly being nose to nose with an orangutan or a leopard looking right at you 10 ft away. Definitely a must visit for tourists and I also see why so many locals are members.
We absolutely LOVE this zoo! I remember going to this zoo when I was a little kid, and now I have been taking my kiddos since they were babies! This is a Great place for absolutely anybody and everybody of all ages. There is So much to see and so much joy and happiness in one place! It really is such a beautiful zoo. There are so many lovely animals, a beautiful flower garden, a fun carousel ride, many food and drink options, places to sit, have a picnic, play structures for the kids to play on and so much more! They have they greatest butterfly exhibit, it is my absolute favorite! All the staff is always so friendly and knowledgeable. One of the things I love about This zoo is that it is such a huge place it doesn’t ever seem crowded. You could spend all day here. The food is pretty expensive, so I suggest packing a lunch, drinks and some snacks and have a picnic to save some money! There are so many great photo and learning opportunities here. You can learn so much together and have tons of fun! A great family friendly adventure and environment.
Lots of fun. I think we enjoyed visiting this zoo more than others. We went during the week on a day where they were doing Zoo Tunes (though we didn't stay for the show unfortunately). It wasn't nearly as busy as I'd expected for a summer afternoon. We didn't see all of the animals but the ones we did get to view seemed to have pretty nice enclosures, larger than ones at other zoos.
As a homeschooling mom of two having a membership to woodland park zoo is vital. We get to learn so much about animals, our environment and what we can do to make our world a better place for not only animals but us as well. We get to communicate with so many zoo keepers and get first hand information about all of the animals and what they’re up to. We have made countless memories at the zoo that mean so much to me as well as my children. I have captured so many of the highly sought after animal photos because we are members and visit often so I learn each animals routine and where their favorite spots/things to play with are in their enclosures. My family could spend all day in this area of Seattle. We enjoy starting off at woodland park zoo then eating lunch (I pack a picnic) in the woodland park zoo rose garden (which also has a music/sensory garden area for the kids) then we will hit up west woodland park playground and as a bonus sometimes on a hot summer day we will hit up Al A mode pies right there on the corner next to the park for some pie and ice cream (why not support a small local business when you can). When you’re a zoo member you get so many perks like discounted parking, free animal feeding encounters and free carousel rides as well as zoo store discounts and food discounts. We have brought so many of our friends in for free to the zoo with my family passport membership. I have been a member for 4 years going on 5 and there is no way I could go without a membership to Woodland Park Zoo. ***As of 5/2/22*** The carousel is back open! Also, My favorite butterfly garden at the zoo, Molbaks butterfly garden is scheduled to open MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! In all, I highly recommend Woodland park zoo to everyone young and old. It’s a great place for a quiet stroll on a weekday and a busy weekend day filled with friends and family.
Hands down cleanest zoo I’ve ever been to. Affordable price and the place is huge. I went on a Thursday and there was not a lot of people there. Beautiful park area to play, so many animals to see. We spent over 3 hours. You could easily spend the whole day. Take your family it is worth every penny.
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